C of E chief ‘has doubts about God’
The Most Rev Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, admits he has very few answers to Big Theological Questions.
According to this report, Britain’s most senior churchman, who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself “Is there a God?” and “Where is God?
He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith.
His remarks came in an interview conducted as part of a service at Bristol Cathedral, during a visit to the diocese.
Asked whether, despite his high profile as a religious leader, he ever struggles with doubt, he said:
Yes I do. I mean there are moments, sure, where you think ‘is there a God?’, ‘Where is God?’
He added that there were moments when he was struck with doubts even while praying, including during his regular morning jogs near Lambeth Palace.
I love the Psalms, if you look at Psalm 88, that’s full of doubt.
The other day I was praying over something as I was running and I ended up saying to God ‘Look this is all very well but isn’t it about time you did something – if you’re there’ – which is probably not what the Archbishop of Canterbury should say.
It is not about feelings, it is about the fact that God is faithful and the extraordinary thing about being a Christian is that God is faithful when we are not.
Asked how to persuade those who do not see religion as relevant in modern world, he admitted that Christians did not have the answers to common questions such as why a good God would permit suffering.
We turn the tide in a number of ways. We know about Jesus, we can’t explain all the questions in the world, we can’t explain about suffering, we can’t explain loads of things but we know about Jesus.
We can talk about Jesus – I always do that because most of the other questions I can’t answer.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn